Evelyn Ofori-Koree Esq.

LL.B (Hons) (First Class), LL.M (Cantab.)
Solicitor-Advocate (All Higher Courts)
Attorney and Counselor of the State of New York, USA
Compliance Officer for Legal Practice
Training Principal

Called to the Bar: 2001
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors: 2005
Higher Rights of Audience. (2 accreditations, Civil and Criminal Law): 2006
Attorney and Counselor of the State of New York USA: 2014
SRA authorised Training Principal: 2015

Education

LL.M in International Commercial Litigation, Corporate Finance, Family Law and Comparative Criminal Law, University of Cambridge
BPTC, Inns of Court School of Law (awarded Wolfson Scholarship from The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)
LL.B (Hons) in Law, London Southbank University (First Class) (awarded Sweet & Maxwell Prize for Best Overall Student)

Practice

Evelyn is the Principal Solicitor and Director of Descartes Solicitors. She has over 14 years’ experience of legal practice and advocacy before courts and Tribunals.

Evelyn founded a successful sole practice between 2007 and 2012. Between 2011 and 2012 she served as an Executive Committee Member of the Sole Practitioners Group representing over 4000 members.

Evelyn’s desire for innovation led her to restructure, rebrand and transform her sole practice into establishing, along with her partners, one of the first law firms in England and Wales to be awarded Alternative Business Structure (ABS) status.

Her expertise covers all aspects of casework and advocacy in the areas of Asylum, Immigration and Nationality law; Employment Law, Civil Litigation; Family Law, Child Protection and Judicial Review.

She accepts instructions from individuals, local and international corporations on a case by case or retainer basis. Evelyn also accepts instructions from other law firms and OISC regulated representatives.

Memberships

Evelyn is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, The American Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

Evelyn was elected to the Immigration Law Seat of the Law Society’s Council in June 2017 and has also been a committee member of the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division of the Law Society since November 2016.

Other Activities

Evelyn is the Vice-President of her High School Association (Holy Child Past Students Association) which sponsors and supports the school and pupils in maintaining excellence in the education of young girls in Ghana. The Association received the Alumni award at the Ghana UK Based Achievement awards 2017.

Evelyn is a keen tennis player and was the Central Regional Champion of Ghana for the 1991/92 period.

She also enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Reviews & Testimonials

Evelyn has successfully concluded a number of cases. A significant portion of the work undertaken is confidential and sensitive and therefore only a select number of Reviews and Testimonials can be published:

“Evelyn Ofori-Koree dispenses sensible, no nonsense advice. She helped steer me through a stressful immigration issue superbly. I had so much confidence in her advice. Highly recommended.” Pansy Nelson – Successfully resolved a Judicial Review matter

“Evelyn, I just want to thank you for all your support and hard work that you put into my ILR application. My case was certainly a tricky one and its approval was made possible due to your keen judgment and dedication. Again, thank you for your effort in handling my case so professionally and so efficiently. Highly Recommended” Nasima Nakwa – Granted Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Tier 2 Migrant

“I received professional and excellent services from Descartes. Above all they go extra miles to make sure you, as their client, are okay all the time. I had tried and wasted so much money on different solicitors to get status in the UK to no avail but when I was introduced to Evelyn of Descartes, I quickly realised I was finally in the right place and got my stay just like that. I will recommend Descartes to everyone who seriously needs a better solicitor” William Mensah – Successfully granted leave to remain outside the Immigration rules

“I found Evelyn friendly, approachable and efficient. I needed legal advice and was fumbling around not quite knowing what to do. She grasped the issues straight away and not only prepared the relevant documents quickly, but they were accompanied by sound practical advice, mentioning ways to proceed that I hadn’t really thought about. 

That extra guidance and insight was extremely valuable – I would have sailed ahead, but she outlined a proper procedure, which gave me the confidence to go forwards with my case, knowing I had professional advice behind me. I would definitely recommend her.

Evelyn would spend additional hours without any hesitation to complete the case with supreme commitment. I have seen few who have this high standard of work ethic.” Raj Kolli – Successfully resolved Employment related matters

“I was amazed at how promptly Evelyn responded to my email and telephone queries. My husband and I utilised her services during my application for settlement in the UK and we have been really very happy with all that Evelyn has done for us. The prompt service with the personal touch made all the difference!” Anjum Bheda – Granted naturalisation as a British Citizen